(DOHA, Qatar) — There’s a new main opposition group seeking the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
After meeting for days in the Qatari capital of Doha, a new coalition called the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution has emerged.
It was proposed by dissident Riad Seif with the blessing of the U.S. government. The State Department has grown increasingly disenchanted with the Syrian National Council, the former main opposition group.
Most of the SNC’s members have been out of the country for decades and have little in common with the rebels fighting for al-Assad’s removal. It’s unclear what role SNC will now play in the new paradigm.
The new coalition intends to form an assembly with up to 60 members along with a military council that includes the Free Syrian Army, the primary rebel group in Syria.
The National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution is also seeking international recognition for its efforts.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN